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Crucial Ballistix 8000 & 8500 are officially incompatible with x38/48 boards. BEWARE!

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I dont know if this has been posted here already. I imagine so, I cant be the only one that has discovered this ... surely.

So I called Crucial today to see why mine (8500's) might have died ... and the guy on the phone told me that Crucial have officially taken x38/x48 boards off their list of compatibility with PC-8000's and 8500 Ram. I find this pretty amazing that they are still selling them though and not giving anyone warning of this.

I dont know if I should RMA mine and wait maybe for them to produce memory that will work for the long run or just ask for my money back.

Sux
post #2 of 11
It should still work, theres lots of ram that most manufactures say won't work but still does.
post #3 of 11
I dont think that can be true.

However my AMD gigabyte was rubbish with my current G.Skill HZ. Kept throwing up errors until I got my DFI. So I dont bother buying Gig boards anymore. Looks like a childs colouring in set anyway.
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Originally Posted by The Fury View Post
I dont think that can be true.

However my AMD gigabyte was rubbish with my current G.Skill HZ. Kept throwing up errors until I got my DFI. So I dont bother buying Gig boards anymore. Looks like a childs colouring in set anyway.
I always thought of gigabyte boards as the cheap version of Legos, megablocks.
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I like the way they censor swear words on here.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by The Fury View Post
I dont think that can be true.
It is true, there was a problem discovered by intel where the Micron D9GMH and possibly the D9HNL ICs are incompatible with the x38 for sure, and probably on the x48 too. I've killed 2 sets of PC8000 crucial with D9GMH ICs running at or below stock speed and voltages (Fluke MM verified).

Perhaps Crucial will finally send me something that will not die so quickly....since when I bought the RAM originally it was QVL approved and now it is not, there is nothing that they have that constitues a "comperable" replacement.
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Can manual adjustment of sub-timings, drive strength, and voltage get around such incompatabilities?

There are people who have been using these kits with X38 boards for quite a while without issue.
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Hmm... I'm about to combine some 2x1GB G.Skill HZ with this Gigabyte X38 DQ6 board, are you saying the board might kill my HZ's?
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post #9 of 11
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The support guy at UK Crucial told me that there is a problem with over voltage, in short. And he recommended me not to use them with this board untill it has been rectified.

Anyway the company I bought them from has sent me a replacement set. No hassles. If they again die I will simply dump them forever!

They fail to mention this problem anywhere on the Crucial website, which is crappy. If you do a compatibility search with any X38, X48 board on the Crucial website they dont list the two dud Ram specs. They just list basic PC-8500's and Ballstix 6400, 5300's.

Durch, Its just Crucial ram that is incompatible.
post #10 of 11
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Durch, Its just Crucial ram that is incompatible.
I was referring to post #3 in this thread, when The Fury said his G.SKill HZ (though DDR not DDR2) were erroring out on his Gigabyte board. Hopefully my set will be ok.
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